Thursday, 17 April 2014

Blowing Hot and Cold

Wednesday was another super spring day and it set a few little weather records. Starting off in the early hours of the morning it was our equal coldest night of the month with the temperature falling to 1.4°C but with blue skies and sunshine all day it then became our warmest day of the month and year as the thermometer rose to 19.2°C.
I've now kept rainfall records since the beginning of 2010 and April 16th is the first day of the year when no rainfall has been recorded in any of the five years. That’s 106 days into the year before a day that has been consistently dry in the five years from 2010 to 2014.
At Harlow Carr on Tuesday I noticed that, in some places alongside the stream, their Marsh Marigolds were on flower and thought that ours which are only in bud were a little behind, however Wednesday’s sunshine brought our Marsh Marigolds out into flower too.

Don’t plants sometimes do their best to annoy you. I posted about giving our violas a second chance after they’d been left to overwinter in the cold frame. I thought I’d picked out the best ones to move into a pot and produce some better plants. The other stragglers have been left in the cold frame. Last night, as I watered the other plants hardening off in the cold frame, I saw this one defiant viola in flower and crying out to be saved. 
I can feel another potting up session coming on.


  1. My marsh marigold is flowering its socks off. It's really windy here today and it's dull and miserable too. I hope the forecast saying the sun's due back tomorrow is right.

    1. Same here today. I'm hoping the forecast for a good Good Friday and Saturday is right. Got some planting to do. The forecast looks a bit dubious after that.

  2. I'm amazed that there hasn't been a completely dry day until April. I'm needing a bit of rain at the moment as the ground's dry and hard. It would be handy if it could fall at night though! Lovely marsh marigolds. I saw some at the allotment stream yesterday, so vibrant, they really cheer the place up.

    1. I knew that this would cause some confusion when it was penned. I didn't mean to say that April 16 was the first dry day this year. April 16 in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2014 didn't have any rainfall so April 16 was the earliest date when I had recorded no rainfall on the same date every year.


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